State Rep. Jacob Anderegg is proposing a new state amendment that would ask Utahns to once again vote on the issue of marriage. The amendment, which Anderegg said is still in the works, would protect religious clergy from being required to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs or doctrine.
Anderegg (R-Lehi) said the proposal is a response to the Federal Government, not to the recent decision by Judge Robert J. Shelby.
November was the deadline to apply to the Federal Communications Commission for a new round of low-power FM radio licenses. In Utah, there are 15 proposals for new stations.
The deadline has just passed for a historic window to apply for low-power FM frequencies. As soon as next year, Salt Lake City and several small towns in Utah could have new non-profit radio stations up and running. Limited to 100-watt transmitters, these will be what are sometimes called “hyper-local” stations.
The Christmas season brings with it gifts and decorations, but also extra boxes, wrapping paper and many other items that can be recycled. In order to accommodate the extra recyclable material, the Logan City Environmental Department announced this week it will add another collection day to the regular recycle pickup schedule.
"We collect recycling every other week," said Emily Malik, Conservation Coordinator for Logan City. "But during the holiday, the special holiday waste collection schedule, we collect everyone's recycling every week."
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reports that another bald eagle has died from the mysterious illness that has caused the deaths of multiple birds across the state in the past two weeks.
By Monday four birds held in rehab facilities had died and one was in stable condition after showing symptoms including paralysis and tremors. However, after experiencing worsening symptoms the surviving bird was euthanized.
Around 30 million years ago, when large mammals roamed North America, Utah was the site of 15 super eruptions. Head researcher Eric Christiansen said one of the largest eruptions happened near Wah Wah Springs in central Utah.
“Compared to what erupted out of Mount St. Helens in 1980, it’s about 5,000 times bigger,” Christiansen said.
In less than a week, police in Cache County have responded to five traffic collisions involving school buses. In four of the crashes, authorities say other drivers failed to yield or stop for the buses.
Police say weather was a contributing factor in one crash, and in three others, drivers were issued citations for failure to yield. Law enforcement is reminding drivers to be extra cautious in fog and on slick roads. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said being aware of the weather is vital.
“The biggest thing we're concerned with is the weather," he said. "I think we need to be conscious of the weather here in Cache Valley - the fog we get and slick road conditions. If we can do that it'll help out a lot." Visibility in parts of Cache Valley can dip to less than a quarter of a mile in freezing fog. Peterson encourages drivers to watch carefully for the stop sign and lights that extend from school buses.
On a day when the Utah Division of Air Quality categorized Salt Lake’s air as “Unhealthy” on their Air Quality Index, demonstrators gathered outside Trolley Square on Tuesday to raise awareness of the state’s inversion problem.
As a part of what organizers are calling the “Twelve Polluted Days of Christmas,” clean air advocates wore Santa hats and elf costumes, hoping to combine holiday cheer with an issue that has plagued Utahns early and often this season.
Decked out in holiday apparel and wearing masks to protect their lungs from pollution, about a dozen protestors gather on the sidewalk along 700 East, one of the busiest streets in Salt Lake. A man dressed as Santa Claus waves to the constant stream of traffic, holding a sign that says, “Breathing clean air is the birthright of every child.”
And who better to speak for children than Santa Claus?